7 ways to support Beirut relief efforts this week

Lebanese film screenings, Red Crescent dinners and more

7 ways to support Beirut relief efforts this week

Organisations across Dubai are coming up with creative ways to support relief efforts in Lebanon, after two explosions in Beirut on Tuesday August 4 killed more than 220 people and injured more than 7,000.

An estimated 300,000 people are homeless, and in collaboration with charity organisations, restaurants, delivery services and more are showing their support.

From ordering in to cooking classes, here are more ways show your love for Lebanon in Dubai this week.

Cinema Akil

The independent cinema is hosting special screenings this week with 100 percent of the proceeds from ticket sales going to the Lebanese Red Cross. The screenings will be on Friday August 14 and Saturday August 15. On Friday August 14, West Beirut (1998), directed by Ziad Doueiri will be shown, while on Saturday August 15 the film will be Where Do We Go Now (2011) directed by Nadine Labaki.
Aug 14-15. Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, www.cineamakil.com (04 444 3000).

Cook for Beirut

There will be a special dinner with a curated menu from chef Bethany Kehdy, Greg Malouf, Rita Soueidan, Mohamed Orfali and Ruby Chaer at Publique next week. The dinner will take place on Wednesday August 19 at the ski chalet-themed restaurant at Souk Madinat Jumeirah. It will be Dhs385 per person for four courses, and all proceeds will be donated to the Lebanese Red Cross. “I’m delighted to join hands with my fellow Lebanese chefs, Greg Maalouf, Rita Soueidan, Mohamed Orfali, Ruby Chaer to host a charity dinner here in Dubai for our beloved Beirut,” said chef Kehdy. “It’s important for all of us to come together during this time of crisis and help the people of Lebanon in any way we can. The proceeds we raise will be donated to the Lebanese Red Cross who have been on ground and doing a fantastic job. I hope everyone can join us in raising funds for this cause.”
Dhs385. Wed Aug 19, 7pm. Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (052 794 1117).


Home-grown food delivery platform GoFood is donating 100 percent of all sales made on Friday August 14 to the Emirates Red Crescent Lebanon Initiative. GoFood is run by restaurant owners and those who want to support the cause can order from more than 2,000 restaurants on the platform including Nando’s, She Burger, 800 Pizza, Café Bateel, Villa Beirut, Kulcha King, Logma, Calicut Paragon and Hatam. You can also order on GoFood Grocery, which offers household essentials, baked goods, fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy and meat, frozen food and more on Friday August 14. Again the proceeds from all orders on GoFood Grocery on the 14th will go to supporting relief efforts in Lebanon.
Fri Aug 14. www.gofood.online.


The fresh food delivery service will be donating five percent of all home delivery sales from August 11 to 14 to the Lebanese Red Cross. So whether you’re buying DIY meal boxes, fresh veggies or more you shopping will help. “The Kibsons family extends its deepest heartfelt condolences and prayers to the entire Lebanese community in this terrible tragedy,” said a spokesman for the company. “Now that the shock is over, there is anger, pain and frustration but there is also an overwhelming need to support and uplift. Kibsons cannot lift the rubbles or lay the new bricks from afar but they can lend their financial support to the teams on the ground that are making a difference every day. Kibsons hopes this small donation will help reduce some financial burden faced by the Lebanese people and somehow bring hope to the nation in this very difficult time."
Aug 11-14. www.kibsons.com (800 542 7667).

La Cantine Du Faubourg

The popular French restaurant in Jumeirah Emirates Towers is hosting a special dinner on Monday August 17 to support relief efforts. The set menu and drinks package will be Dhs600 per person, with all proceeds going to support Lebanon. The event is in partnership with Red Crescent. Dishes on the menu include tuna ceviche, crispy calamari, quinoa and kale salad, apple goiji berries and aged Parmesan, risotto with leeks and black truffle, lemongrass baby chicken, cherry tomato salad, roasted Scottish salmon, vanilla crème brûlée and profiteroles.
Dhs600 per person. Mon Aug 17. Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road, book@lacantine.ae (04 352 7105).

Mamalu Kitchen

The cooking studio in Depachika Food Hall is helping to raise funds through cooking classes and sales from its Eazy Freezy frozen food line. The cooking studio on Nakheel Mall on Palm Jumeirah has two classes this week and proceeds will be given to Lebanese NGOs. The classes including Take Me To Tulum on Wednesday August 12 from 7pm until 9pm and Red Velvet Mania with Sugarmoo on Friday August 14 from 11am until 1pm. The first class will including making sea bass ceviche, soft corn tortillas, grilled shrimp, grilled tomato salsa and Mexican corn. The second will be the assembly of the Red Velvet Oreo Crunch Cake and baking Red Velvet Oreo cookies.
Dhs400 (per person, per session). Aug 12 & 14. Depachika, Nakheel Mall, Palm Jumeirah www.mamalukitchen.com (052 747 9512).


The delivery service is running #LunchforLebanon on Wednesday August 12, donating all profits generated between noon and 4pm to Lebanon. “Many of our employees, customers, and partners are Lebanese and are heavily affected by the situation in Beirut, and our hearts and thoughts are with them and their families,” said Tomaso Rodriguez, CEO of talabat. “ We – not only as talabat but as individuals – want to make sure that we’re doing everything we can to help. This means using our platform as a vehicle for support. Through #LunchforLebanon, every order placed between noon and 4pm across the region will contribute to Lebanon. We will be donating 100 percent of our profits to the recovery efforts in Lebanon.’
Wed Aug 12, noon-4pm. Order via www.talabat.com.

For those affected in the UAE

Thrive Wellbeing Centre

The wellness centre in JLT is offering two free support services to those affected by the situation in Beirut. The centre’s psychologists will be donating their time to offer free 30-minute sessions to both adults and children over the next two weeks. They will be offering free individual wellbeing checks in English, Arabic and French, as well as free group sessions in English and Arabic.
JLT, www.thrive.ae (056 895 2347). 

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